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Israeli Lawmaker Cleared of Fraud

April 8, 1998

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli lawmaker was cleared Wednesday of charges he defrauded the Jewish Agency while serving as its treasurer.

The prosecution failed to prove dishonesty or corrupt behavior by Meir Sheetrit, ruled Jerusalem District Court Judge Michaela Shidlovsky-Ur.

Sheetrit now is chairman of the government coalition in parliament. The charges date back to his 1988-1992 tenure as treasurer of the Jewish Agency, a semi-official body that coordinates relations between Israel and world Jewry.

Sheetrit was accused of defrauding the agency of $20,000 by using his official credit card for private purchases and to pay for a U.S. vacation with his family.

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